Ryan Pleads ‘Guilty as Charged’ to Clinging to Guns and Religion

By Fred Lucas | August 24, 2012 | 2:55pm EDT

Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks at a campaign event at Partnership for Defense Innovation in Fayetteville, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Sara D. Davis)

(CNSNews.com) – Stumping in Michigan Friday, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan took a swipe at President Barack Obama’s 2008 comment regarding rural Americans.

“Remember about four years ago when he was talking to a bunch of donors in San Francisco and he said people from states like ours, we like to cling to our guns and our religion?” Ryan asked to laughter from the audience. “I just have one thing to say. This Catholic deer hunter is guilty as charged and proud of it.”

Ryan, a Wisconsin House member and chairman of the Budget Committee, joined GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a campaign rally at Long Family Orchard Farm and Cider Mill in Commerce, Mich.

On April 6, 2008, Obama made the now infamous remark about rural America while speaking at what he thought was a private fundraiser in San Francisco. (See Earlier Story)

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“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years, and nothing's replaced them,” Obama said.

“And they felt through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are going to regenerate, and they have not,” Obama said at the 2008 San Francisco fundraiser. “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

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